by Edward Pentin
Pope Benedict XVI is reported to be “shocked and saddened” by the arrest of his valet, Paolo Gabriele, who has served in the Pope’s inner circle for six years.
The Holy Father was informed yesterday afternoon of Gabriele’s arrest and detention in a Vatican cell, after the papal assistant was found to be “in illegal possession” of confidential Vatican documents.
More details emerged today of what is said to have been found in his apartment. Vaticanista Marco Tosatti of La Stampa, quoting Vatican sources, has reported that a “staggering amount” of confidential material kept in boxes was discovered by investigators, including equipment needed to photograph and reproduce documents.
But other leaked documents, published in the book “His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI” by Gianluigi Nuzzi, such as correspondence relating to the Secretary of State and Nunciatures around the world, were not discovered, giving weight to the theory that others have been involved in the scandal.
Nuzzi writes in his book that his main source told him he was acting as part of a “small group” of Vatican insiders concerned about corruption and a thirst for power within the Vatican, but that none of the moles knew who the others were. Tosatti writes that the alleged “boss” of the moles – someone code-named “Mary” – claimed in a Feb. 22 television interview that at least twenty other “deep throats” were at work.